The Election Commission took some serious steps in response to various complaints against the BJP. Earlier this month, the EC had directed political parties to keep the country’s defence personnel out of election campaigning and not use their photographs in advertisements.
The EC on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to a member of the BJP’s National Election Committee for sharing an audio-visual advertisement titled “Main Bhi Chowkidar Hoon” on social media without complying with the directions of the poll body, an official said. He said Neeraj has been directed to submit a reply within three days.
He had also tweeted a video that began with the PM addressing the people saying, “Your Chowkidar is absolutely alert”. The video then features a song with visuals of people from across the length and breadth of the country singing ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar Hun’. The clip also shows a group of men in Army fatigues engaged in a mock operation.
The Election Commission has also issued a notice to NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar over his remarks criticising the Congress’s election promise of minimum income support for the poor. The election body said his comments violated the poll code which prohibits officials to support the government; it has sought Mr. Kumar’s response in two days.
Rajiv Kumar, in a series of tweets on Monday, had questioned the Congress’s Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) announced by party chief Rahul Gandhi on the same day. In an interview to news agency ANI on Monday, Rajiv Kumar had said that the Congress’s proposed scheme will lead to “a huge fiscal adverse impact on the economy”.
While the Delhi Chief Electoral Office on Monday said it was awaiting a reply from the makers of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, scheduled to be released on April 5, after it felt that the film violated the model code of conduct.
East Delhi Returning Officer K Mahesh, had on March 20, suo motu issued notices to the production house and music company behind the film “PM Narendra Modi” and two leading newspapers for publishing advertisements of the film. He said the broad position is that any political advertisement circulated on electronic media or social media has to be pre-certified by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee.
Meanwhile, India conducted its first anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test on Wednesday, successfully destroying a low earth orbit satellite in space by using a missile which covered a distance of 300 km to engage the target.Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the test, called ‘Mission Shakti’, successful in a specially televised announcement.
The Election Commission later sought details as the announcement was made at a time when the Model Code of Conduct is in force ahead of general polls starting next month.
In a statement the Election Commission said: “The matter related to the address of the prime minister to the nation on electronic media today afternoon (March 27) has been brought to the notice of the Election Commission of India. The Commission has directed a committee of officers to examine the matter immediately in the light of model code of conduct.”